The Committee, and/or its Subcommittees and task forces, shall monitor federal environmental laws, regulations, procedures and guidance related to air quality, cultural resources, environmental process, and natural systems and ecological communities. The Committee shall encourage, recommend and support programs and initiatives to streamline the environmental review process and promote environmental stewardship. The Committee shall monitor national trends and circumstances and promote research on significant environmental issues. The Committee will serve as a forum to disseminate and exchange information and experiences among Member Departments and various other AASHTO Committees and Subcommittees, including the sharing of best practices and other innovations. The Committee will promote practices that protect and enhance the quality of the environment and promote and encourage interagency cooperation and coordination in the resolution of environmental issues.
All AASHTO members benefit from active participation in the work of SCOE and its four subject area subcommittees:
SCOE's Environmental Technical Assistance Program
One of SCOE’s special strengths is the Environmental Technical Assistance Program (ETAP), pool funded by the states to deliver news, consultant services and products to state DOTs across the country far more cost-effectively than any state could achieve alone.
One of the program’s primary communication tools is the Transportation/Environment Alert produced by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. specifically for the target audience of environmental professionals in the AASHTO member organizations. This publication is sent by email every week to the states that have subscribed annually to the ETAP program.